Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.88
Liaison Shirley Fagnen
Submission Date June 3, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Polytechnique Montreal
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

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Complete 1.33 / 3.00 Shirley Fagnen
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Sustainable Development Office
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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :
Yes

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:

In the Déclaration des droits et responsabilités des étudiants de Polytechnique Montréal (Polytechnique Montréal Declaration of Student Rights and Responsibilities), article 2.5 begins as follows:

"Every student has a right to a quality environment and, among other things, relations with members of the Polytechnique community free from harassment or discrimination based on race, colour, ethnic or national origin, civil status, religion, political convictions, language, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, social condition (including family matters), personal disability
or the use of any means to cope with such a disability."

There is also a "Règlement contre le harcèlement" (Harassment Regulation) that applies to the entire community (students and employees).

On December 13, 2018, the Board of Directors of Polytechnique Montréal adopted a policy on sexual violence, in accordance with the Act to Prevent and Combat Sexual Violence in Higher Education Institutions.

These documents may be consulted here:
https://www.polymtl.ca/conduite/en/students-rights-and-responsibilities
https://www.polymtl.ca/carrefour-actualite/en/news/polytechnique-montreal-adopts-policy-sexual-violence


Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team) to respond to and support those who have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, act of discrimination or hate crime?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team (including examples of actions taken during the previous three years):

Students can obtain support from the Registrar or the Service aux étudiants de Polytechnique (Polytechnique Student Services) in any situation. The regulation against harassment describes the procedure to file a complaint, for both students and employees.
In 2017 a social worker joined the Students Services team.

For students, the complaint is filed and given to the Service aux étudiants. The Secrétariat general analyses the complaint and provides legal advice. If social consideration is needed, the student (whereas is the victim or has experienced a bias) will meet with the social worker. If required, the social worker will organise a meeting with Polytechnique’s psychologist, or he/she can refer to external resources if deemed appropriate.

For employees, the complaint is usually directly filed and given to the Secréteriat general, which will provide legal advice. If the employee wants additional support they can call the Programme d’aide aux employés (Employee assistance program).

If the situation is more complex, students or staff may bring it up with the Ombudsman. (For details on Polytechnique's ombudsman: http://www.polymtl.ca/ombudsman/)

Polytechnique is currently setting up its Bureau d’intervention et de prévention des conflits et de la violence (conflict and violence prevention and response office).


Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit staff from underrepresented groups?:
No

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit faculty from underrepresented groups?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

As women represent only 28% of students enrolled in the Winter 2019 term, they are considered as an underreprensented group at Polytechnique. Polytechnique strongly advocates increasing women's role in engineering and this commitment was made even firmer since the tragedy of December 6, 1989 where 14 women were killed. To encourage women to pursue graduate studies, Polytechnique takes part in events such as "Des filles et des sciences, un duo electrisant" (Girls and science, an electrifying team) to promote engineering studies for girls in schools. Polytechnique also offers one scholarship to a woman though its "Bourse de l'ordre de la rose blanche" (Order of the white rose scholarship; http://www.polymtl.ca/aide-financiere/bourses/bourse-de-lordre-de-la-rose-blanche).

Polytechnique Montréal endorses equal access and an equity employment programs for women, aboriginal people, visible and ethnic minority and people with disabilities.
This statement is outlined in every job offer to encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply.

Since 2017, Polytechnique has also adopted an action plan for diversity and equity for the Canada research chairs "Chaires de recherche du Canada : agir pour la diversité".


Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
No

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support faculty from underrepresented groups on campus?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

Mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support is available for all students at the Services aux étudiants de Polytechnique. Specialised advisors are available for international students and for students with disabilities. For details: https://www.polymtl.ca/sep/nos-services

With regards to employees, mentoring, support or specific needs (adaptation for employees with disabilities for instance) are always managed when necessary.


Does the institution have training and development programs, teaching fellowships and/or other programs that specifically aim to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:
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Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:
No

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
No

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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